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A written appeal to all who’re reading: ‘They’ made the ecosystem so far, now its our duty

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Aditya Uday
Just another dude. Interested in a variety of phenomenon.

6 or 7 years ago, not many people of this country used the word ecosystem, at least not in the context of politics, national or international. With the advent of a new leader who possesses the ability to be almost magically detached and attached at the same time, things that were hidden behind opaque screens started coming to light. The people were hit, and continue to be hit, with the realization that there’s a system in place, which is at work, and has been at work for a long time, to manufacture and maintain certain narratives. This was termed “the ecosystem.”

So far, so good. The second realization to hit was that we have a total and utter lack of such a system which deliberates upon and works on creating and maintaining perhaps the most important thing in the era of Fourth Generation Warfare, i.e., the narratives.

So people did, and continue to do, what they do best. They ranted against the leader, the party and the organization. Now, there is no doubt that the leader, the party and the organization do have a role to play in helping with the growth of the ecosystem, but, they could/can do only so much in the beginning when, perhaps, even they were/are realizing it for the first time that such systems exist.

It has been less than 7 years since the change in the government, while the opposing systems have been at work since 50,100,200,500 or more years, depending upon which aspects of the systems you choose to look at and examine. They have seeped down to the very core of everything, to the point that it is close to impossible to differentiate what is what and who is who.

The leader and other people at the top are doing what they can in whatever capacity they can. They should be asked questions, yes, but it is often best to start by asking oneself, “What am I doing to improve the situation?” or “What can I do to improve the situation?”

And indeed, what can an individual do in the face of such insidious systems which seem to permeate everywhere?

What if I told you that there exists a not so secret weapon that any of us can wield? And which only requires minimal resources which everyone does possess anyway. That weapon is anything that can give shape to words, i.e., a pen and a paper, a laptop, a smartphone or even a typewriter if you’re into that.

The ammunition shall be the ideas in the form of words that you will type, write or type-write.

“Why? What might be the benefit of writing?” you may ask. “Why not?” I will reply. Because, in all seriousness, why the hell not? I’d like to indulge you in a thought experiment. Think of all the articles, news items, op-eds or books you’ve read that emanated from the ecosystem. Or all the movies or TV shows that you’ve seen which emanated from the same place. Any sort of media, that emanated from the ecosystem, I’d like you to think about it for a while. Think also about the ecosystem, as you perceive it. Pause here for a minute and do it.

Done? Okay. Now, some of you might have imagined the ecosystem as a mysterious entity, which, using some sort of sorcery spews out all sorts of content designed to manipulate the minds of the people and bind them in a matrix of propaganda. But that is simply not the case. There is no sorcery involved. Every bit of content that was ever produced started out with someone taking a piece of paper and a pen or a keyboard and spewing out whatever idea they had in their head. As simple as that.

So, at the base of it all, if every bit of content ever produced found its inception in someone who was bored, agitated or both bored and agitated, I ask you, aren’t you bored enough? Or agitated enough? Or a mix of both?

“What might I write?” You may ask. Well, anything. Anything at all. Again I ask you to think about the things that you’ve ever read or seen from the ecosystem. All the bullshit, or all the majesty. Anything at all. All the influence, all the glory, all the material and social benefit, all the money that they have, its origin lies in some dude or dudette just picking up a pen and jotting it down. So, why not you? Ask yourself…”why not me?”

“What are the benefits?” you may ask. Well, you never know. You might end up being a prolific journalist, or a renowned author, or a famous screenwriter, you’ll never know, unless you pick up that pen and write down on that paper whatever you have cooking in that brilliant head of yours.

If nothing of significance ends up happening, at least you satiate the feeling of speaking your heart out. And it’s a great feeling. Even if no one is listening, you’ve spoken to the paper. You feel free.

Everyone has a story to tell. Something you experienced, something you heard a friend or an acquaintance talk about or something you overheard on a train ride, or something that just popped in your head out of nowhere. Something really inspiring or something really dark. You have something you want to tell the world about. Why be struck with it in your heart when you can simply pick up the pen and let it all pour out?

There are stories out there, but where? You already know. The stories are all in you, the people, and all you need to do is to look inside and then let it pour out. If you don’t let it out of fear of ridicule or repercussions, well, you can continue blaming the (dear) leader, for, that is the easy way out. But that is not the path to opulence or victory, let me tell you.

Again, coming back to the ecosystem, the individuals that comprise it got initiated into the ecosystem only because they could create good content. Sure, they got some help and mentorship perhaps, but at the base of it, it was because of their ability, and more importantly, their will to write, because ability comes from practice, that they became a part of the ecosystem.

You might argue that they had the support to publish and polish and distribute the content and you might give other similar arguments. I’d call you out as weak and one indulging in excuses as a result of your own laziness, or your own lack of initiative, if not laziness. For you also have pens and papers and keyboards, the same as them.

If you have written something, and then you have trouble distributing it, that might be blamed on a lack of support from our ecosystem. But not even taking the initiative to write something because you’re imagining that you won’t get any support since there is no “our ecosystem” is just an excuse at best, and disservice to the nation and the civilization at worst.

So, rise and shine, and do what your duty is to do. Pick a paper and a pen, or a keyboard, and start throwing things out of your system, so that an ecosystem, our ecosystem can be built.

Also, share these words with people or groups of people who you feel have the the knowledge about certain things and/or the ability to write, and are only lacking the proper motivation or the initiative required to start writing. Or just share in general, because who knows, who might see a simple share from you and get inspired and change narratives disproportionately in the times to come.

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